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Shean Wins U.S. Senior Amateur Golf

September 18, 1998

GLENCOE, Ill. (AP) _ Bill Shean Jr. of Hinsdale won the U.S. Men’s Senior Amateur Championship on Thursday, beating William King of Jupiter, Fla., 5 and 3 at Skokie Country Club.

``Foremost, I am grateful,″ said Shean, 55. ``I’m so grateful that I can hardly talk. So many of my good friends were out here today. It felt so good to see so many people out here pulling for me.″

In the morning semifinals, Shean beat Gunnar Bennett of Surfside, Fla., 3 and 1, and King edged Dan Pierre of Palatine, Ill., in 19 holes.

In the final, Shean birdied the par-5, 13th hole to take a three-hole lead, and won when King conceded a par on No. 15.

``I was embarrassed on the front nine that I was playing lousy golf,″ Shean said. ``During a break after the ninth hole, I thought, `win, lose or draw I’m going down playing better golf.′ And I shot 1 under on the back.″

King, 64, is a retired mechanical engineer.

``Coming in second is just outstanding,″ King said. ``I’ve played in this tournament four times, and the two previous years I’ve lost in the round of 16. So just getting to today was a big step.″

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